Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union's brutish and dictatorial leader from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, once said: "The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the people who count the votes do."
OPINION: An ardent Labour Party supporter, blogging about the final leaders' "debate", was particularly struck by the responses when National's John Key and Labour's David Cunliffe were asked what their governments would do in the first 100 days.
OPINION: The Ashburton killings weren't part of a rash. They horrified the country because they were extraordinary.
After repelling a resurgence by Counties-Manukau at the weekend to keep their ITM Cup Premiership playoff hopes alive, Waikato will be determined to beat Auckland - just ahead of them in the rankings - early next month.
OPINION: You know what Hamilton, you win - don't vote, see what happens. See how much changes when good people do nothing.
OPINION: Recent political controversy indicates we rightly expect high standards of performance from our parliamentarians.
OPINION: It's understandable that shopkeepers want to protect themselves, but guns are a big jump.
OPINION: So stop making excuses, stop dawdling and thinking about it and to a polling booth.
OPINION: Last week Denise Irvine discovered she may be a bad nana, but she's not going to shut up shop.
OPINION: The simple way for Arthur Taylor to have the right to vote would be to stay out of jail.
OPINION: The relaxing of early-voting requirements is to be welcomed simply by making the electoral system more voter-friendly.
OPINION: Latest Hamilton public asset sale is a money grab which runs against city's future planning.
Student finds city centre a mixed crowd
OPINION: OPINION: Rachael Clarke offers a first-person account of a visit to the centre of Hamilton city.
OPINION: We need to, as a city, learn to overcome our natural Kiwi instincts to hide in the shadow.
OPINION: The public's opinions are being sought on a draft strategic plan for Hamilton's changing public libraries.
OPINION: The Hamilton City Council is to be applauded for developing a bylaw to proscribe anti-social and threatening behaviour in the central business district.
OPINION: This slump in farmers' prospects will adversely affect the rest of the regional economy.
OPINION: When we visited Petra Paulson of Hamilton, she had her head in a beehive.
OPINION: Who owns the foreshore and seabed became a divisive political issue after the Court of Appeal ruled in 2003 that Maori customary rights over the foreshore and seabed had not been extinguished.
OPINION: Fitness to govern and the way politicians exercise their power are no less important than their policies.
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